Gestamp’s Autotech Engineering R&D UK, leads a consortium on a project to create new design methodologies, processes, and materials for reduced embodied carbon footprint in product designs, with Longworth named as recycling project partner.
Emissions Reduction via Generative Optimisation & Recycling (ERGO-R)
- Gestamp UK, JLR, iCOMAT, Cynet Texkimp, Longworth and WMG
- Total project cost £6.4 million, including a grant of £3.2 million
The project ERGO-R is focused on identifying how to reduce and eventually eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in vehicle design and production. Studies show that 75%-80% of embodied carbon footprint is locked into product at the design phase. Partners will review design methodologies, manufacturing processes, materials, energy costs, recoverability, re use and recyclability, to consider the full embedded/embodied carbon cost/impact across a vehicle’s lifetime to create a true circular economy for the automotive industry, reducing waste and ensuring optimised multiple life reuse to support a net zero future.
Longworth is proud to be supplying pristine, recycled carbon fibre, reclaimed using their proprietary pressolysis process known as DEECOM® for use throughout the project, to prove the reuse capability of rCF in mass produced automotive components.
Follow the project progress from 2024 on Linkedin.